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Car Lots Sold

AUTOMOTIVE: Keyes trades nine dealerships, sign of larger consolidation in the industry.Keyes Motors in Van Nuys sells off nine dealerships to Oregon’s Lithia Motors.

How Cheri Fleming Faced Setbacks

Three things about Cheri Fleming truly stand out.

Don’t Give Us Another Lockdown

Following a surge in confirmed cases of COVID-19, Ventura County last week was pushed back into the state’s most restrictive “purple tier.”

Lawyers See Flood of Bankruptcies in Early 2021

ECONOMY: Filings a ‘trailing indicator’ of pandemic’s havoc.

Lawyers expect a wave of bankruptcies to be filed in early 2021.

Is Prop 22 the Demise of AB 5?

LAW: Valley business groups talk of rewrite, maybe repeal.

Will passage of ballot measure Prop 22 spell the demise for state law that says who is – and isn’t – an employee?

Ranch Kid on Board

Fruit packer Limoneira Co. adds two new members to its board.

Building a ‘New Normal’ at Work

Remodel firm installs anti-virus measures from plexiglass to signs.

Maintco Inc. wants to get businesses ready for the new normal.

Volunteer Rescues Fernando Obelisk

For Don Larson, names on civic service monument inspire respect.

After civil unrest broke out in May, one of the unlikely targets of graffiti in Woodland Hills was the obelisk in Warner Center Park

PS Business Parks Finds Tenants ‘Doing Fine’

REAL ESTATE: Big lease improves industrial REIT’s third quarter.

PS Business Parks recruits a major tenant to improve third quarter earnings.

‘Intersecting Crises’

PROFILE: Incoming CSUN president Erika Beck talks about how online work and learning impact education.

Interview with Erika Beck, the incoming president of California State University – Northridge.

Called to Academia

PROFILE: Lori Varlotta, new president at Cal Lutheran University, brings the role of change agent to campus.

Interview with Lori Varlotta, the new president at California Lutheran University.

Furniture for R&D

BIOTECH: Hanson Lab Solutions makes cabinetry and counters for life science research facilities.

A boom in life sciences means a lot of new work for Camarillo builder.

Scramble to Comply in Tier Changes

COVID surge puts Ventura County back in purple status.

Ventura County was one of 41 counties to drop to the state’s most restrictive reopening framework tier on Nov. 16, joining the rest of Southern California.

Amgen Partnerships Provide Positive News

COVID and asthma clinical trials get green lights.

Amgen Inc.’s partnerships have delivered a flurry of positive news

Bio-Focused SPACs Grow in Pandemic

Special M&A deals attractive as alternative to regular IPO.

The pandemic has caused a 250 percent surge in special purpose mergers and acquisitions within the biotech space

LISC Manages $103 Million in Business Grants

Valley companies benefit from recovery fund.

By the end of 2020, the Los Angeles branch of the nonprofit financial institution Local Initiatives Support Corp., or LISC, will have distributed roughly $103 million in grants to local small businesses

Advocate Seeks Change in the Valley Via 501(c)(3)

Daily protests in Sherman Oaks spawn organization.

Latora Green has been protesting police brutality and institutional racism on the steps of the Sherman Oaks Galleria for 176 consecutive days.

Interest in Building New Movie Studio

Developer tries ‘one-stop’ tactic on Santa Clarita project.

A “One Stop”’ review has started on a 93-acre property in Placerita Canyon, according to Santa Clarita city officials.

Forecast: Slow Going For Ventura County

Economist finds pandemic hurt already anemic growth.

“We are on the road to economic recovery.”

Gelt Divests RV Park for $28.5 Million

Sale earlier than planned due to deal’s ‘significant upside.’

A joint venture between Tarzana-based real estate firm Gelt Inc. and Skya Ventures Inc. has sold Marina Dunes RV Resort near Monterey for $28.5 million.

Staffing’s Virtual Future From Interview to Job

LIST: Employment firms and clients find tech makes hiring flexible.

Employment firms see mixed reactions from clients in terms of hiring in the midst of a pandemic, with the impact varying based on the industry.

Market Scan, GM to Better Car Buying

Camarillo firm to work on ‘Shop. Click. Drive’ platform.

Market Scan Information Systems Inc. announced this month it would integrate its software with General Motors Co.’s “Shop. Click. Drive” digital retailing platform.

CNC Code Underpins Acquisition

DP Technology Corp., developer of a manufacturing software, is being acquired by Hexagon AB, a leader in sensor, software and autonomous products.

GeoLinks to Grow by Private Equity Capital

Internet provider to scale up network geographically.

GeoLinks secured a minority investment from a group led by Rock Mountain Capital, a private equity firm in New York specializing in the consumer goods, leisure and entertainment, and technology, media and telecom companies.

Maybe Valley Will Get Some Offices

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Shortly after the coronavirus pandemic hit nearly eight months ago, businesses started questioning whether they would need as much office space going forward.

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